Family: Life, Crossroads, and Obligations

I know I’m not the first one to deal with parents getting older. But since I’m the youngest in the family I didn’t figure the responsibility would fall only on my shoulders. And really I can’t complain, both my parents have been healthy and active until just this past year. It started the Friday before Christmas of last year when my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. Yes, the dreaded “C” word — we were all upset and bracing for the worst. But as it worked out the cancer was caught early enough so they were able to remove it and she recovered.

But this just isn’t her year, she took a fall and fractured her pelvis is April, a week after she started bowling again. Then as she was almost recovered from the pelvic fracture and getting back on her feet – she took another fall this past Tuesday, fracturing a vertebra in her neck. Damn, when it rains it pours – but they say things come in 3′s so this should be it.

I’m going to remain positive but this is difficult for my mom, she is an active person, before all this started she did more than me. Please keep my family in your prayers. I’m leaving for Louisiana next Saturday – I’ll keep you posted on the journey. Thanks for reading –

Can’t Sleep, Tired, Thoughts About Gustav

OK, to be clear, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have to be. I came home to Louisiana a week ago to help my parents after my mother fell and fractured the second vertebra in her neck. I flew into New Orleans a week ago worrying about the hurricane and have watched things over the past week. And although we are 3.5 hours north of New Orleans I’m not excited about weathering the storm.

Deville is on the projected path of the hurricane, by the time Gustav reaches here it should ‘only’ be a category 1 – but we are on the East side of the eye within the inner circle according to the computer generated maps.

We’ve prepared for the worst, we have supplies, water, generator, etc. But again, I would not be here if my parents would leave, I would prefer to drive to Houston to stay with my Uncle — but my father will not go. So I’m here, I’m weathering the storm, I’m charging all my tech tools, my video camera, my computer, etc but if the power goes out I’m not connecting my computer to the generator! But if it goes out then I doubt we’ll have internet anyway. I have taken some pictures and will go out tomorrow to do some filming around the area.

The weather has been sunny and as always hot and muggy. The love bugs have come out in swarms, today when I was getting gas I had to keep swatting them from around my face!

I guess I shouldn’t worry so much because it could turn, miss us completely or just loose strength – lets hope one of those things happens. And 3 years ago during Katrina this area wasn’t affected much other than a short power outage and lots of debris in the area. So I’m hoping Gustav doesn’t do much more than Katrina – but in this situation you have to be prepared as a good Girl Scout should be ;)….

So, I’m here, helping my parents, trying to make the best out of a bad situation! And as always since using technology to publish, communicate, and do whatever I can to help.

Links of interest:

http://ipr365.com/
http://www.thetowntalk.com
Jott.com
Gustav08.Ning.com
MyUrbanTV from New Orleans

Internet Bubble: Is it Happening Again? Look Familiar

Is anyone else having deja’vu with all the recent companies getting money for ideas that have been done before and failed. Additionally when I look at the companies raising 7.5 million dollars for simple/done ideas with no business model.

Here’s one recent example: Eventful Secures 7.5 million—hmmmm, where is the business model—where is the money going to come from to pay back the investors—can we say ‘buyout’. One other thing of interest—the company was started by an eBay exec—and investors include high profile Internet people—interesting, I guess it does come back to who you know—not what you know—cause this idea is one of those ‘stupid’ ones that has been done before. This is not innovative or new—amazing—truly amazing.